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A leaky brain : A CSF rhinorrhea occurs if there is an opening of the brain covering (dura) & the thin bone separating the nose from the base of the brain. This allows the sppinal fluid to leak into the nose.It is significant in revealing an open portal for nasal germs to get into the opening and cause repeated episodes of meningitis. ...Read more
Many causes: CSF protein results can be high in many conditions. It is best to interpret the results in the context of all the other results of CSF fluid analysis. Some causes are viral meningitis, demyelinatinfg diseases, diabetes, brain abscess, syphillis, brain tumor, alcoholism, and epilepsy ...Read more
No.: No. A properly functioning shunt which carries cerebrospinal fluid from the brain to another site in the body should cause no sensation of fluid flow. If you have a shunt with a new feeling from it, consult your doctor. ...Read more
Diagnose meningitis: Spinal fluid glucose is low if there is bacterial meningitis, but may be elevated in presence of diabetes, hypothyroidism, brain tumors, bleeding, guillain-barre, cidp, spinal cord compression. Your doc should be able to explain more fully the rationale for a spinal tap. ...Read more
Ignore it: Reference ranges are there to include most but not all healthy people. If your physician is not concerned, i would not be either. ...Read more
Yes: Examples of other diseases that can cause oligoclonal bands in the CSF include infections (eg, nervous system Lyme disease), autoimmune diseases, brain tumors, and lymphoproliferative diseases. Given how many diseases can result in oligoclonal bands in the CSF, the diagnostic utility of this finding is limited. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Too high: There shouldn't be more than 3-4 WBC per mm3 CSF and 12 per mm3 is definitely too high. It isn't necessarily a serious or dangerous finding; several pretty minor health problems could cause it. However, it could be serious and it definitely isn't something you can safely ignore. Discuss with the doctor(s) who advised your spinal tap. Good luck! ...Read more
Can't say: specifically without more information or viewing the images, but it is likely referring to mass effect due to the downward displacement of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum seen in Chiari 1. Normally csf surrounds the cervical cord, the cerebellar tonsils in Chiari occupy this space and "efface" the csf space., so this can create an obstruction to normal csf flow or press on cord. ...Read more
Sure: Potentially there are complications for any surgery especially if it includes implanting something. The two most important for a 2 yr old are an infection and a shunt blockage. Luckily those complications are rare. ...Read more
A couple things...: This could mean that you were significantly dehydrated at the time or possibly the person doing the LP may not have had a good angle to provide good CSF flow from the needle. ...Read more
CSF results showing features consistent with inflammation of the nervous system, what does this mean?
Various problems: Infection can cause inflammation but often will cause serious symptoms like fever, headache and stiff neck and mental status changes. Other neurological diseases can cause inflammation as well. See following info on lumbar puncture as a test to evaluate neuro problems: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/lumbar-puncture-spinal-tap-the-basics?source=see_link&view=outline ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does CSF half life compare to plasma half life? Do hormones or whatnot last longer in CSF fluid or shorter
I have effacement of nearly all CSF around nerve roots in my spine. Should i still be doing my heavy manual job.
Depends: Spinal stenosis is a condition in which there is narrowing of the spinal canal leading to, as you put it, "effacement of the CSF around the nerve roots in my spine." it is not a dangerous condition and its presentation is quite variable. In general, patients occupation activity level should be such that it does not repetitively cause pain, regardless of what their MRI shows. Thank you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer